LibriVox recording of On War, by Carl von Clausewitz Volume 1. Read by Timothy Ferguson (with Linda Ferguson in section 2).
A classic work on military strategy by a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars. The author's style is dialectical: he makes two strong but opposing statements and then draws them together to describe many facets of war. Free of technical jargon, and suitable for modern readers. This audiobook is based on a 1909 English translation (by J.J. Graham).
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March 25, 2018 Subject:
19th C Classic On War, very well read
The reader has read the entire work (this volume and the 2 others) in a marathon effort of 33 hours reading. He's to be complimented and thanked for it as it's very clearly and articulately read.
The work itself aspires to theorize systematically about the subject of war as known in the mid 19th century, referring to previous generals and conquerors, particularly Napoleon and Frederick the Great.
It's still an influential work; but this may be for the worse as in its ideas about the efficacy of war for achieving one way security and positive and profitable outcomes one can see a root of 20th C war-mongery. It's very interesting for revealing the phlegmatic approach as if it is a technical operation.
It's very long and becomes less systematic and rambling as it goes on but a lot of thought has gone into it. It has the flaw of not engaging the sort of moral and social dynamics that prefigure and make it possible to establish states and raise armies in the first place.
I found it very interesting and very imbalanced; overworked with technicalities and deficient in moral evaluation of drives and sources of enduring success or failure in and from war.